Lieutenant Colonel Shawn E. Anderson is a native of Fort Pierce, Florida and in June of 2000 he graduated from Harvard University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science and Public Policy. After completing Officer Candidate School, The Basic School, and flight training First Lieutenant Anderson was designated a Naval Aviator in April of 2003.
Upon completion of FRS training at Marine Light Attack Helicopter Training Squadron (HMLAT) 303, Camp Pendleton, California, First Lieutenant Anderson was assigned to HMLA-169 for follow on training in the AH-1W. While with the Vipers, First Lieutenant, then Captain Anderson served in a variety of squadron leadership billets in the Logistics, Tactics, and Maintenance departments between November 2003 and December 2008. He also graduated from Weapons & Tactics Instructor (WTI) course 2-07 and deployed three times in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), supporting a wide variety of missions based primarily out of Al Asad and Al Taqaddum.
After completing his tour with HMLA-169, Captain Anderson was assigned to HMLAT-303 and performed duties as an AH-1W instructor pilot, AH-1W NATOPS Evaluator and Program Manager, and also held student and instructor training standardization roles. In March of 2013 Major Anderson completed his active duty service, began civilian employment with Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, and remained at HMLAT-303 as an AH-1W instructor pilot as part of the Marine Corps Reserve Instructor Pilot (MCRIP) program.
In December of 2016 Major Anderson joined HMLA-775 and has been there continuously through the present holding billets as the OIC of the Department of Safety and Standardization (DOSS) and the SMCR Executive Officer while being promoted to his current position. Lieutenant Colonel Anderson has logged over 3400 hours in the AH-1W and AH-1Z. He is a Distinguished Graduate of Marine Corps Command and Staff College and his personal awards include the Purple Heart, individual action Air Medal Individual Action with combat “V”, Air Medal Strike/Flight with Numeral 14, and the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation and Achievement medals.